Cloud & DC Edge Agenda


* please note this agenda is subject to change

Pre-Event – Tuesday 13th March 2018

15:00 – 17:30

Registration & Check-In

16:00 – 18:00

The Great Debate: To Cloud or Not to Cloud

Craig Tindale – Digital Transformation Leader
Sonia Basser – VP IBM Industry Platforms, Financial Services APAC, IBM

Is cloud over-hyped?

Some people in the industry believe cloud is a conceptual idea that falters when applied to anything other than a fairly narrow range of use cases.

Since sprouting out of the evolution of smart automated infrastructure software, the cloud phenomenon has grown to be a dominant feature of the CIOs focus and budget. Have we all just been spun an idea that is limitless in theory, but limited in practical application?

Do not miss this opportunity to join industry veterans from both sides of the ecosystem, as they debate the merits of cloud from all angles to ascertain the suitability for your business applications, great and small, critical and auxiliary.

18:00 – 18:45

VIP Welcome Drinks & Dinner

18:45 – 21:15

Pre-Event VIP Dinner & Keynote

Day 1 – Wednesday 14th March 2018

07:00 – 08:00

Breakfast for Onsite Guest

07:30 – 08:20

Registration & Check-In

08:00 – 18:00

Exhibition & Demo Zones Open

08:05 – 8:20

Welcome to the Cloud & Data Centre Edge Experience 2018

To put you in a unique and powerful position of advantage, we start each Edge Experience with feedback on the pre-event delegate surveys, allowing you to validate your position. The early leaders in the digital economy are more profitable, exceling in their strategic use of data, in digital innovation, creating new business opportunities through platform strategies, and adapting to the changing nature of work and the workplace – where does your organisation sit?

08:20 – 09:00

How to Successfully Build Ubiquitous Computing and Networks

The future of anywhere, anytime connectivity lies in the promise of ubiquitous computing and networking. To fulfil the promise of the Internet of Things, an allied web of human operated nodes and connected devices with computational capabilities need to be able to engage with within a ubiquitous system. To enable this, organisations need to integrate advanced middleware, operating systems, codes sensors, microprocessors, interfaces and other technologies on a network of communications infrastructure and wireless technologies.

We have searched the globe to find the most profound and dynamic speaker to take you through the essential components of a successful ubiquitous computing and networking implementation.

In a matter of days, we will be announcing the global thought-leader that will be joining us at the 6th Cloud and Data Centre Edge Experience – watch this space.

09:00 – 09:40


Speed, Scale and Flexibility: What the Cloud Needs from Data Centres

Damien Spillane – CTO, AirTrunk

With data growing at an unprecedented rate, technology businesses need secure and reliable infrastructure to house this growing data, they need the data centres of tomorrow. Join Damien Spillane has he uncovers techniques to:

  • Integrate data, emerging technologies and connected devices on one network
  • Build secure, reliable and hyperscale infrastructure to accommodate growing data needs
  • Demonstrate the speed, reliability and energy efficiency of the data centres of the future
Follow the track that best suits your needs



09:45 – 10:15

Moving Mission Critical Applications to the Cloud

While the value of cloud has been recognised, most organisations are still not comfortable to move their core services. By migrating core processes, bold companies are reaping the benefits, experiencing greater flexibility and huge savings on their IT costs.

  • Overcoming regulatory, operational and security issues
  • Is the public cloud secure enough to handle your critical infrastructure?
  • Creating a secure, efficient and agile hybrid cloud model to house your services

Unbridling the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a game-changer for IT infrastructure. It’s not a matter of innovating, but rather of thinking big and making all of the new technologies work together intelligently to make life better and easier. Where are the boundaries? Or is the sky the limit?

10:15 – 10:45

Scale IT for Success in the Digital Economy

Jeremy Deutsch – Managing Director, Equinix

CIO10-Speaker Company Logo-Equinix

Digital is transforming all industries and IT needs to be re-architected to enable new digital business models. Interconnection scaled the Internet, web, and thriving digital ecosystems like financial securities trading. Now, Interconnection is enabling firms to scale digital business platforms and ecosystems globally.

  • Learn critical insights from the Global Interconnection Index
  • Uncover best practice for success in the digital economy

Data Centre: In the Cloud and at the Edge

Andrew Kirker – GM Data Centres, Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

Across industries, applications are migrating to public and private clouds and internet use is trending towards more bandwidth-intensive content. Additionally, the rising criticality of these cloud applications requires increased availability of IT and networks. To support the requirements of today and tomorrow, computing power and storage are centralising into large cloud data centres while also decentralising to the network edges. With forces such as the Internet of Things, technology convergence and increased government regulations on data and security, data centre architectures are quickly evolving to form this new hybrid computing ecosystem.

Join Schneider Electric in exploring this new hybrid computing ecosystem, focusing on challenges and opportunities with shifting to cloud data centres, collocation and hosting, edge computing, and industrial applications- with a keen focus on:

  • Simplifying data centre infrastructure design and deployment time
  • Enabling predictive maintenance through IOT and analytics
  • Ensuring system uptime and availability
  • Addressing physical and cyber security
  • Rising to the challenge of the energy dilemma

…ensuring Life is On through data centre infrastructure innovation

10:45 – 11:00

Refreshments Break

11:00 – 11:40

Insights from a Global Infrastructure Visionary

Year-on-year, Adapt have brought thought leaders from the world’s most innovative companies to the Gold Coast. Executives from the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Amazon Web Services, Apple, Switch and more have shared their work with our intimate audiences.

11:45 – 12:15

Smart Cities 2.0 – The Role of Edge Devices, IoT and 5G

Given the de-localisation of data, devices and people, smart cities are the perfect case study for edge computing, IoT and next-gen connectivity, such as 5G. Interestingly, these capabilities cannot function to their full potential independently of each other. By connecting nodes on the edge high-speed networks without having to send data to the core, cities around the world are going to be able to better service and understand their citizens.

  • How can cities leverage IoT infrastructure to offer true edge capabilities?
  • Integrating localised micro-data centres for greater analytics
  • Preparing for 5G – What do you need to do?

Panel Session: Returning From The Promised Land

Despite the promise of greater agility, many organisations are now migrating back from public cloud. Mounting cloud costs, latency issues and service outages have seen companies reverting back to in-house facilities or OpenStack services.

  • How to manage the move from cloud to DC
  • How to ensure and secure the right SLAs?
  • Managing a complex infrastructure ecosystem

12:15 – 12:45

Driving Customer Experience and Optimising Workflow with Machine Learning

Agustinus Nalwan – AI & Machine Learning Tech Lead,

carsales_logo_png have built their Cyclops artificial intelligence system on an autoscale platform, to service 80,000 requests a day. Join Cyclops’ creator, Agustinus Nalwan, as he uncovers how the system saved the business $750,000 annual, automated previously repetitive manual processes and ensured seamless customer experiences.

  • What is Cyclops and how does it work?
  • Why was it important to have autoscale capabilities?
  • Why did chose this delivery model?

Managing Data Centre Consolidation

In order to provide the greatest value to the business, data centres need to be reorganised, optimised and consolidated. To do this effectively, it is essential that a clear strategy is devised, followed and revised. When the time comes to consolidate data centres, organisations want to minimise disruption to the business, mitigate against data loss and organise the data in a way that optimises usability.

11:45 – 12:45


ADAPT Executive Insights Roundtables

Roundtable 1

Moderated by Richard Palmer – Principal Analyst, Ovum with SilverPeak (as a lunch)

Roundtable 2 – Fuelling Digital Transformation through shifting IT Transformation

Moderated by John Brand – CIO Advisor, Forrester with Global Switch

Roundtable 3 – How to Deliver Hybrid Success

Moderated by Trevor Clarke – Asia Pacific Research Director, Tech Research Asia

12:45 – 13:45


13:50 – 14:25

Insights from the Edge: Building, Operating and Maintaining Energy Efficient Data Centres

Maintaining energy efficiency in data centres is no mean task. Power density in these mission critical facilities doubles nearly every 18 months and up time reliability is a higher priority than energy efficiency.

About 60 per cent of the energy consumption in a typical data centre is used for computer-related components, such as processors, fans and data storage. Another 30 per cent goes to cooling equipment, with 8 per cent dedicated to electrical equipment and the remaining 2 per cent for lighting, monitors and other components for data centre infrastructure management. As there are so many different components to a data centre, there is no well-defined method to improve overall energy efficiency.

This panel discussion will address:

  • Can we shift priority toward energy efficiency without de-prioritising uptime?
  • Which components of data centres have the greatest capacity to be optimised?

14:25 – 15:00

The Science of Services – Stability and Innovation for the Enterprise

Leroy Mason – Digital Services Transformation Leader

Enterprises of all shapes and size today face a dual challenge – for reasons of stability and compliance they need to maintain large, costly and inflexible “systems of record” while, at the same time, responding to challenges from stakeholders to innovate fast enough to keep them satisfied. It is clear that the cloud provides an opportunity to innovate rapidly but how do is this to be integrated with more stodgy enterprise applications. Stakeholders want both stable systems of record and faster, better engagement.

  • Can enterprises operate ageing enterprise applications in an agile, cloud-based environment?
  • Identifying, assessing and overcoming the most common migration challenges
  • How does an enterprise combine stable systems of record with the effervescence of systems of engagement?
  • Bringing pre-cloud, firewall protected applications into the digital age
Follow the track that best suits your needs



15:00 – 15:30

Measuring End-User Experience as You Move Your Business Apps to the Cloud

Brian Gormley – Performance Management Specialist – Riverbed Technology, Australia & New Zealand



Adopting a cloud strategy is not without its’ challenges. How does one actually measure the impact – success or failure – that these strategic decisions have on the end user, after all, they are the reason why we are doing it all in the first place? User experience monitoring and performance management of the hybrid world sits high on ITs’ list of challenges. Only by truly understanding what and how IT’s actions affect the end user, can one confidently move forward. Performance insight across end users, applications, networks, providers, and the infrastructure both in and out of the cloud is now more crucial than ever before.

  • Understand why your cloud vendor’s SLA will differ from yours
  • Discuss why the only way to really know cloud performance is to measure REAL end-user experience, as your digital workforce see it
  • Learn how you can measure end user performance and establish SLAs that help meet your business obj
  • Explore how to achieve a single view of all the performance domains that are responsible for the delivery of an application, to its usersectives


A World Without Pipes

The first thing you will notice when entering NextDC’s tier 4 data centre, B2, is the lack of clunky pipes running through the facility. This is because B2 runs an all air cooling system and no longer needs kilometres of heavy piping to run chilled water through. Learn how Australia’s first tier IV-Certified Constructed facility overcame challenges in creating a large-scale all air system to cool B2.

  • Working together to create Asia’s first tier IV CoLo data centre
  • Designing, building and operating B2

15:30 – 15:45

Refreshments Break

15:45 – 16:20

Positioning DevOps at the Heart of the Business

Kamal Nankani – Senior Director Program Management, GE Digital


By crafting a culture around DevOps and using PaaS for both internal and external operations, GE Digital is able to build, evolve and operate rapidly-changing resilient systems at scale. This enables faster product development, agile applications and services and true digital transformation.

  • Allowing a tech strategy to drive business operations
  • How has SDN made GE Digital’s network more dynamic and DevOps capable?
  • How did GE Capital overcome skills challenges to create a DevOps driven environment?

Critical Infrastructure for the Internet of Things, Why it Has to Work

Robert Linsdell – Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Vertiv


IoT has broadened the definition of and need for critical infrastructure which is keeping customers connected across all their applications and devices.   While critical infrastructure encompasses the protection and enabling of mission-critical applications in the major data centres, with the anticipated explosion in IoT, the playing field has become vast because of the endpoints that interact directly.

This session will show how leaders play a vital role in introducing new IT topology, where the distributed network will re-emerge as crucial to store data collected from IoT devices at the edge of network and require the localisation of real-time processing, while the central or core data centre (whether on-premise, co-location or hybrid cloud) will need to be remotely monitored and maintain the central management of the entire network.

16:20 – 17:00


Cyber Security Strategy – Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, April 2018

Rob Warcup – Technology Security Lead, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation

Mega-trends in enterprise technology, such as digital transformation, open data and ever-increasing connectivity have created a seemingly never-ending list of emerging vulnerabilities. Couple this with rapidly evolving sophisticated attacks on our digital infrastructure and it becomes obvious why companies are giving security a seat in the boardroom. Join leading experts from across security, as they discuss:

  • How can we enable agility while reducing vulnerability?
  • Build the walls high: Can we future-proof IT defences?
  • How can Australia overcome the current IT security skills shortage?

17:00 – 17:10

Refreshments Break

17:10 – 18:00

“POD” Sessions (Practical Open Discussion) in Private Rooms for Groups 15-25 CFOs

Choose your preferred POD led by CIOs and Analysts. Debate best practice and trade war stories. Topics cover Management, Strategy, Vertical and Technology issues – choose the most aligned

18:30 – 19:15

Cloud & DC Edge Drinks Reception

19:15 – 21:30

Cloud & DC Edge Networking Dinner

Day 2 – Thursday 15th March 2018

07:00 – 08:00

Breakfast for onsite guests (check out and leave bags with concierge)

08:00 – 14:00

Exhibition & Demo Zones Open

08:20 – 09:00

The Autonomous Interconnected World

With epic changes in Mobility, Computing platforms, and Consumer Expectations, the world’s leading companies are becoming increasingly data-driven. HERE’s primary technology roadmap and strategic direction focus on this through product innovation, research and big data analytics technology, an example of which, is their Reality Index.

The Reality Index drives HERE’s analytics mission of “Enabling other organizations to make data driven decisions through the use of contextual, location oriented data and analytics.” The magnitude of data, computing power, and investment required to build systems capable of delivering the future of location context is enormous. While no one company will have the know-how or investment capital necessary to build a true “living” index of the world’s locations, HERE’s Reality Index and Open Location Platform will be at the centre of this new ecosystem.

Learn why powering four out of five in-car navigation and trip-assist systems in North America and Europe, they are a driving force behind the autonomous and interconnected world.

  • How will the Internet of Things change the way we live and work over the next ten years?
  • How can we prepare for the proliferation of IoT enabled devices?
  • Exploring the capabilities provided by powering four out of five in-car navigation and trip-assist systems in North America and Europe provides.

09:00 – 09:40

Insights from a Global Infrastructure Visionary

Year-on-year, Adapt have brought thought leaders from the world’s most innovative companies to the Gold Coast. Executives from the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Amazon Web Services, Apple, Switch and more have shared their work with our intimate audiences.

Follow the track that best suits your needs



09:45 – 10:20

Virtualised Everything – Modernising the Network

Latency has always been a problem with the public cloud. Data takes longer to travel large distances between data centres than from server rooms to work stations. Since top cloud providers often employ data centres that span wide areas, with thousands of pieces of equipment, it is crucial to choose the right cloud-based virtual machine.

  • Key characteristics of well executed virtualisation projects
  • How to achieve on-premise performance with cloud like agility

Rapidly Migrating Data Centres: Risks and Opportunities

Stephen Harris – Enterprise Architect, George Weston Foods

George Weston Foods

If you thought that data centre migration had to be a long and arduous process, think again. George Weston Foods were notified that they had to be out of their co-located Data Centre within 12 months. The effort to migrate included vendor choice, running a simultaneous RFI and RFP, architectural change and design, stakeholder engagement, platform changes, resource planning and management, new service implementation and cutover activities, handover to operations.

Stephen joins us to:

  • Discuss the pain points of rapid DC migration – The GWF Journey
  • The use of success principles to formulate design
  • Evaluating the use of cloud services vs on premise hardware vs professional services
  • Uncover how GWF established and allowed for future capability needs
  • Established working partnerships with stakeholder groups to inform and mitigate impact to the business

The Datacentre migration was notified in mid-October 2016 and was completed in Mid-November 2017

10:20 – 10:50

Enabling Agility to Thrive in a Hyper Connected World

Join leading operators as they explore best practice to manage the impending data deluge brought on by increased data dependence, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Edge computing.

  • How can businesses ready themselves for the mass uptake of connected devices?
  • Where should technologists be focussing their budgets in 2018?
  • How to build an environment that facilitates interoperability and enables plug and play add-ons

Creating a Module Future: Examining Modular DC Components

In order to enable agility, edge computing and architect the internet of things, manufacturers are creating modular data centre components.

  • How can modular components help build small, effect data centres?
  • Ensuring interoperability with modular components
  • Can enterprises leverage modular, fast build data centres?

10:20 – 11:20


ADAPT Executive Insights Roundtables

Roundtable 4

Moderated by Richard Palmer – Principal Analyst, Ovum

Roundtable 5 – Workforce and Transformation

Roundtable 6 – Enabling Agility

11:00 – 11:20

Refreshments Break

11:20 – 11:55

Nurturing Employee Engagement to Optimise the Tech Deployment Effectiveness

As we add degrees of complexity, Digital Transformation projects often ignore Employee Experience. Workplace complexity, combined with increasing process difficulties, creates internal speed bumps, which then destroy value. Every organisation’s future agility depends on the enablement and retention of their workforce. And the change from traditional End User Computing to effective Digital Workspaces will enable your future workforce.

  • What practices, tools and frameworks will enable workforce innovation?
  • How best to manage Executive and User expectations?
  • What does Digital Workspace and Workforce Transformation do to the structure of the office?
  • What are the best plans for managing changes in procurement, licensing, skills, and jobs?
  • And how does the IT group need to react and change?

11:55 – 12:30


Network Certification and Defining Resilience

John Duffin – Managing Director, South Asia, Uptime Institute

As edge computing takes off, network configuration will move from linear to meshed topologies. Seeing as different processes have different measures for success, range in criticality to the business and have varying latency tolerances, it is important to run a network that considers these factors to drive efficiency and effect service provisions.

  • Exploring demand characteristics of major edge data centre use cases
  • Devising potential networking and data centre topologies at the edge
  • Creating resiliency in the age of the cloud

12:30 – 13:10

Insights from the EDGE: How Can We Maintain Relevance in An Evolving IT Landscape?

Trevor Clarke – Asia Pacific Research Director, Tech Research Asia
With a panel of experienced leaders from all sides of the industry

As technology personal are at the coalface of digital transformation initiatives, we are potentially creating and implementing the solutions that will be the driving force behind our own demise. As we introduce more digital architectures, outsourced infrastructures and cognitive systems, we reduce the in-house staffing requirements – cannibalising our own roles.

This discussion will explore:

  • Which skills will be needed in 2020 and beyond?
  • Methods of delivering competency – upskilling, multiskilling, on-boarding and optimising team structures
  • How to ensure that your skill set keeps you relevant over the next 5 year of tech development
  • Delivering capabilities to the business while strengthening the value of your team

13:10 – 13:15

Closing Comments & Prize Draw Announced



14:30 – 17:15

VIP Private Golf Event

40 VIP Guests will play Shotgun 9-hole golf after the Event

* please note this agenda is subject to change